Microsoft has revealed it will port its popular email suite Outlook over to RT devices with the release of Windows 8.1

Outlook making its way to Windows RT tablets

Microsoft’s widely used email suite Outlook is finally coming to Windows RT devices.

Announcing the move yesterday at the Computex show in Taiwan, Microsoft revealed that it would be porting the popular email program over to RT devices as part of the Windows 8.1 update, which is due later this year.

The initial omission of Outlook from Windows RT was puzzling, considering other Office applications from the productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote were included.

"We’re always listening to our customers and one piece of feedback was that people want the power of Outlook on all their Windows PCs and tablets," said Chris Schneider, senior marketing manager, on Microsoft’s Office blog.

As expected, the RT edition of Outlook will lose a handful of the features present within the full version of the software. Amongst these are Visual Basic Tools, which allows users to write and run macros, whilst Outlook RT will also lose the program’s data loss prevention capabilities and Group Policy Objects.

Schneider went on to highlight that Outlook RT is built for touch-devices, emphasising the program’s "streamlined user experience that reduces clutter,"

Users of Windows RT devices will also be happy to hear that Microsoft won’t charge further for Office following its release later this year.

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